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Welcome to

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB. 

We are still at 30 Palatine Road, Didsbury, M20 3JJ. for weekday Rubber Bridge, Wednesday Night Supervised & Club Duplicate plus Weekend Bridge Activities...

...BUT WE HAVE MOVED ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS TO THE CARD ROOM, GROSVENOR CASINO, PARRS WOOD ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, WILMSLOW ROAD M20 5PG FOR ALL DUPLICATES, TEAM ACTIVITIES & BEGINNERS CLASSES.

Ring us on 0161 445 3712  for any clarification

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

For directions on how to find us please click on the 

yellow 'Club Information' tab top left of this page.

Two medals and other good results for England at the 14th European Youth Pairs Championship held in Opatija, Croatia 11-18th July 2018

England's Juniors have enjoyed a successful trip to Croatia for the European Youth Pairs Championships, leaving with two bronze medals and a number of other good results.

In the President's Cup - the consolation event alongside the Pairs Championships -  Joshua Clarke & Henry Bissell finished in eighth place!

 

RESULTS
RESULTS

 

THE 2018 RUIA CUP

MULTIPLE TEAMS COMPETITION

This took place over 3 sessions in May, June & July. 

WINNERS

EVE LIGHTHILL, SID TRAVERS,

MARCELLO & ELENA ROSENBAUM

(and BOB COOKE in the first round)

Eve Lighthill’s team started the evening with two good sessions behind them and a substantial lead. But as the final session progressed Barbara Lewis's team whittled away at the lead until, after the last of the 24 boards, only two victory points separated the teams.
Well done to Eve's team on an excellent win and commiserations to Barbara Lewis,Alec Smalley, Irene Davies and Karen Reissmann on a fine performance on the final evening but just finishing second.
Thanks also to Bhim Ruia for presenting the Ruia Cup to the winning team. Looking at the plinth the first year was 1978 and won by a team captained by Jeff Morris and containing Boris Ewart, John Holland and Michelle Brunner. Another interesting win was 1985 when the cup was won by Celia Rawlings playing with Kevin Comrie and Frank Starkie. For those that do not remember that far back Celia is now Celia Comrie!
 
Regards, Jeff.

Crockfords

Congratulations to John Holland, Alan Mould, Michael Byrne and Kieran Dyke (London) who have won their fourth round Crockford's match qualifying them for the multi-team final to be held in Solihull in September.

NICKO

And then there was one! The MBC Team of Michael Byrne, Gary Hyett, John Holland, Alan Mould (also Michael Newman) beat Allendale and are now the only county team left in the competition. They will now play Tunbridge Wells in the semi-final.
 
CONGRATULATIONS!

President's Cup - Manchester A Team Win!

The annual inter county teams of eight was held over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July at Spondon, Derby.  This year counties were allowed to enter more than one team.  Only Manchester availed themselves of this opportunity, eight teams entered:- Derby, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, North Wales, Hereford and the Manchester teams.  At the end of Saturday Derby were leading and the Manchester B team were just ahead of Manchester A.  On Sunday the Manchester B team changed completely and five of the Manchester A team changed.   Manchester B dropped a little to fourth, but did well, Manchester A overtook Derby and just pipped Lancashire to win by 3 VPs.  This is Manchester's third successive victory.  Full results are on the Manchester and Altrincham club web sites.

Playing for Manchester A were: on Saturday John Holland/Alan Mould, John Parsons/Nicholas Greer, David Barton/Leslie Klein, Andy Green/David Sarabowski; on Sunday John Holland/Rodney Lighton, Leslie Klein/David Barton, Tom Slater/Alec Smalley, Kath & Alan Nelson.
TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

***NEW MONTH.....

CHECK OUT MICHAEL NEWMAN'S NEW TIPS FROM HANDS PLAYED IN JUNE........

(See the yellow tab above left "NEW - TIPS FOR JUNE")

Every month Michael Newman selects three hands played at the Club during that month and comments on the bidding and play offering invaluable hints and tips on how they should have been played!

You can check out not only the current month but also the archive of all previous editions.

National Inter Counties Finals

The finals of the inter counties league were held at Coventry on Sunday 24th June.  Manchester had qualified for the A division by winning the Northern Bridge League last summer.  The team of John Holland, Gary Hyett, John Currie, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, Tom Slater, Alec Smalley finished second to Devon.  John and Gary were Manchester's best pair on the cross IMPs.  Full results are here.

Garden Cities

The Manchester Bridge Club team of John Hassett, Jeff Morris, John Holland, Gary Hyett, Michael Newman, David Debbage, Catherine Draper, Andrew Woodcock finished fourth in the national inter club teams of eight competition at Solihull on Saturday 23rd June.  Catherine and Andrew were the best of the Manchester pairs on the cross-IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

MCBA Summer Intermediate Pairs

The 21 pairs had an enjoyable afternoon at Altrincham Bridge Club on Sunday 24th June. 
Full results are on the Altrincham web site.

Spade Heart The North Wales Bridge Association Diamond Club

Congratulations to .....

Haidee and David Tattersall

....who came First in the Welsh National Final of the Teams of Eight Competition held last weekend in Llandindrod Wells.

Manchester Win Pachabo......again!

Congratulations to the Manchester team of John Holland, Rodney Lighton, Michael Byrne and Michael Newman who won the inter-counties teams of four at Bedford on 9-10th June.  The team started well on the Saturday, neck and neck with Hampshire throughout the day, ending second by about 4 VPs.  The Sunday morning session saw Manchester win all five of their matches by good margins to lead by about 15 VPs.  On the Sunday afternoon Manchester managed to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory despite losing four of their five matches, fortunately by not too large margins, to finish just ahead of Nottingham who had a late surge to push Hampshire into third place.  This result continues Manchester's fine run in the last five years; first, second, second, first, and second.

Full results are on the EBU web site.
Pachabo Winners

John Holland, (Jeremy Dhondy EBU Chairman), Michael Byrne, Rodney Lighton, Michael Newman

16 Jun 2018 | Internationals

All 3 England teams qualify for World Championships!

England's campaign at the European Team Championships has ended with all three teams qualifying for the World Championships. Although no medals will be coming back across The Channel, England can be pleased to be one of four European nations represented in all three competitions in China next year.

Yorkshire Congress

Well done to Irene Davies, Karen Reissmann, Nicholas Greer and Henry Bissell who finished second in the B final of the teams at Harrogate on 3rd June.
RESULTS

JOHN HOLLAND AND ALAN MOULD WIN CORWEN TROPHY

 

John Holland and Alan Mould have won this year's event with 60.98% over four sessions.

The Corwen is the EBU's inter-county pairs championship for which pairs qualify from their county's pairs championships.

John has won it twice previously - last year with Michael Byrne and in 1991 with Alan Nelson.

CONGRATULATIONS!

RESULTS

NICKO

The Manchester Bridge Club team of Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, and Gary Hyett has now reached the quarter finals of the National Inter Club Knock Out and will play a team from the South-West in the next round.
CONGRATULATIONS!
RESULTS

Goldstone

The final of the Goldstone Trophy has been won by Michael Byrne's team.
Michael Byrne, Michael Newman, John Holland, Alan Mould, Gary Hyett and Rodney Lighton therefore qualify to represent Manchester in the Pachabo on June 9th/10th.

 
In the final they beat Jeff Morris/John Hassett, Catherine Draper/Andrew Woodcock by 41 IMPs, winning every set.
CLUB CHAMPION 2018
CLUB CHAMPION 2018

CLUB CHAMPION 2018

Congratulations to EVE LIGHTHILL on becoming our 2018 Club Champion.

This Club Senior Individual Player Contest has been achieved by coming top on Wednesday Evenings over the 12 months period between April 2017 and May 2018.

Well Done Eve! 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MCBA Player of the Year

With only the final of the Goldstone Trophy to be played, the expert category has been won by Alan Mould ahead of Michael Newman, with John Holland third.
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
 

U16 & U21 teams for China selected

The England U16 and U21 teams to compete in the 2018 World Youth Team Championships, in China in August, have been selected.

The teams will be:
U21s - Sam Anoyrkatis & Theo Anoyrkatis; Harry Madden & Kripa Panchagnula; Liam Sanderson & Daniel Winter; NPC Michael Byrne
U16s - Jasmine Bakhshi & Henry Rose; Jamie Fegarty & Liam Fegarty; Oscar Selby & Andy Cope; NPC Giorgio Provenza; coach Laura Porro.

23 Mar 2018 | Clubs

Changes to the National Grading Scheme

Changes have been introduced to the National Grading Scheme. These were made in response to feedback received during the consultation of clubs which took place last year.

  • The grade of players with 'mature' grades will not change when they partner players who have played fewer than 150 graded boards. The session will not count towards the grade of the more experienced player, but will count towards the grade of the less experienced player. It is hoped that this will stop people being deterred from acting as a host or mentor at their club due to concerns they have about how it might affect their NGS.
  • Grades will be published once you have played 150 boards (previously 300) but they will change more quickly than before to enable new players to reach an appropriate grade sooner. A grade will still be considered 'evolving' until you have played 1000 boards, at which point it 'matures'.

These changes are now in effect.

RESULTS

Garden Cities Regional Finals

Congratulations to the Manchester Bridge Club team of David Debbage, Michael Newman, Andrew Woodcock, Catherine Draper, Edward Levy, Robert Myers, John Hassett and Jeff Morris who won the Northern heat at Bradford and qualify for the National finals in June.  Catherine and Andrew headed the cross IMPs.  Full results are on the EBU web site.

EBU SUCCESS

20 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Youth

John Holland tops Master Point list; Club Champions announced

John Holland has regained the Sunday Telegraph Salver, for the most Master Points earned in the calendar year.

John, who has won the competition on five previous occasions, earned 21,251 points in 2017. The 2016 winner, Mike Bell, was second with 20,604 and Michael Byrne was third with 18,929.

2017 Annual Leaderboard; 2017

Fantastic!

EBU ARTICLE

6 Feb 2018 | Clubs | Education

Playing bridge could contribute to a long life

A TED talk has outlined that the social interaction which comes from activities such as playing bridge (with bridge specifically referenced) could be a key to a long and happy life. A study found that frequent face-to-face social interaction was a greater indicator of long life than other factors such as your weight or whether you drink. Watch the talk to find out more.

Bridge has also been identified in this article as a great activity for older people to combat loneliness.

Current Competitions

2018 / 19 Club Championship

This Wednesday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

May 1st  2018 until the end of April 2019

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2018 Tony Wood Cup

This Monday Evening Duplicate Pairs Contest is running from

May 2018 until the end of August 2018

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2018 John Bird Memorial Cup

This Thursday Evening Individual Player Contest is running from

January 2018 until the end of May 2018

WIN A FREE SESSION!
WIN A FREE SESSION!

The Winning Pair on Monday,

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 

can claim their

NEXT BRIDGE NIGHT FREE!!

NEED A PARTNER?

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Here at Manchester Bridge Club we can always find you a playing partner but please arrive in good time to allow us to find someone suited to your ability. If you arrive at the last minute you may have to take "pot luck"!  Alternatively please phone Jeff or David ahead of the session to ask them to find someone for you.

"We aim to please!!"

FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE
FUNCTION ROOMS FOR HIRE

MANCHESTER BRIDGE CLUB

(at the 30 Palatine Road Venue)

has a number of rooms

which can be hired

 for celebrations and functions. 

(These will continue to be available after the club move on January 2nd 2018)

Suitable for special occasions such as

BIRTHDAY PARTIES,  RECEPTIONS,

CHRISTENINGS and BARMITZVAHS.

Please ring Jeff on

0161 445 3712

or email jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

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If not - please let Jeff know so he can make sure you are included.

If you would prefer not to be contacted please email Jeff at the address below.

Tel: 0161 445 3712 or jeff@manchesterbridge.co.uk

Thankyou.

Tips for May 2015

TIPS FOR IMPROVERS

 

Points of interest from the May 2015 duplicates

 

1       Two Key Cards and a Void

 

Board 19 Tuesday 19 May – Vulnerability East West – Dealer South

 

 

None

A10x

10xxxxx

AQ10x

 

KJxx

Qxxx

Jx

xxx

 

A98xx

J9xx

x

xxx

 

Q108x

Kx

AKQ9

KJ9

 

 

North

East

South

West

 

3 Spades

5NT

Pass

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Diamond

4NT

7 Diamonds

 

Pass

Pass

Pass

 

 

While those playing five card majors will obviously open 1 Diamond it is also often a good idea when holding 18-19 balanced and playing four card majors to open 1 Diamond when holding four Diamonds and a four card major and then jump to 2NT if partner bids the major in which you do not hold four cards.  The above hand is a good example of why this is so.

 

Over 1 Diamond North should make a splinter bid of 3 Spades showing very good Diamond support (almost certainly five card support) and a singleton or void in Spades.

 

South’s first reaction might be to bid 3NT over the splinter as Q108x is a respectable holding opposite a singleton to play in notrumps.  However as South has 16 working points outside Spades and it is highly probable that North has two keycards in view of his splinter bid South should immediately wheel out Roman Key Card Blackwood.  North has two keycards but he also has a void.  The way to show this is to bid 5NT.  This is music to South’s ears.  In view of North’s splinter he is almost guaranteed to have a Queen in the rounded suits (Clubs or Hearts) and South does not care in which suit the Queen lies so 13 tricks can be underwritten.  Accordingly South jumps to the Grand Slam and the play does not present any problems.

 

Note that for those playing four card majors who choose to open 1 Spade they have a real headache what to bid when North responds 2 Diamonds because to jump to 4 Diamonds would show an unbalanced hand with at least five Spades and to bid 3NT to show the point count might end the auction.

 

 

2       When you know that you have an 8 card major suit fit divided 6-2 then you must play in the major not 3NT !

 

Board 5 Monday 25 May – Vulnerability North South – Dealer North

 

 

109

AJx

J10xx

xxxx

 

AKxx

10x

AQ98x

K10

 

xxx

Q98xxx

Kx

Ax

 

QJxx

Kx

xx

QJ9xx

 

 

North

East

South

West

Pass

Pass

Pass

2 Hearts

3 Clubs

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

2NT

4 Hearts

 

The above hand graphically illustrates that when you have an eight card major suit fit divided 6-2 then you must always play in the major and not gamble on 3NT simply because you have honours in the unbid suits.  Five of the eight East West pairs in the Monday duplicate played in 3NT and four of them deservedly went down on a Club lead.  One North unwisely led a low Diamond which allowed this poor contract to make.

 

East will open 2 Hearts at the favourable vulnerability.  If vulnerable then the suit quality would be somewhat dubious but is fine at Green or White.

 

West holding a good 16 points is interested in game and bids 2NT enquiry.  East is happy to bid 3 Clubs showing a high Club honour and a maximum.  Now West should jump to 4 Hearts because there is a much higher likelihood of making ten tricks in Hearts than nine tricks in notrumps.

 

On the likely Queen of Clubs lead from South to 4 Hearts this contract will make an overtrick due to the favourable location of the Jack of Hearts.

 

3       Extreme good fortune required

 

Board 13 Thursday 28 May – Vulnerability Amber – Dealer North

 

 

KQxx

A

QJxx

A107x

 

None

Q9xxx

976x

KQJx

 

109xx

J10xx

K10

xxx

 

AJxxx

Kxx

A8x

98

 

 

North

East

South

West

1 Club

4 Spades

Pass

Pass

Pass

Pass

1 Spade

6 Spades

Pass

Pass

 

I found myself in a very poor 6 Spade contract on the above deal from the Swiss Pairs.  Extreme good fortune was required to make the contract.

 

North raised South’s response of 1 Spade to game since the jury is split on whether it is a good idea to splinter when holding a singleton Ace.  I felt that holding a fifth trump and having 5 controls (Ace = 2 controls, King = 1 control) that there was likely to be a good play for slam.  I jumped straight to six as there was no need to use Roman Key Card since it was not possible for two keycards to be missing in view of North bidding 4 Spades.  While one cannot criticize North’s bid of 4 Spades in the sense that as he has only five losers it is not unreasonable to go to game the hand does illustrate that 4-4-4-1 hands are never as good offensively as you might expect.  For instance if North held for example a 4=1=3=5 hand say ♠KQxx♥A♦QJx♣AJ10xx then now slam would be a much better bet as you would have a good chance of establishing the Clubs to deal with any possible Diamond losers.

 

When the opening lead of the King of Clubs was made and the Dummy went down I realized that I was in a very poor contract.  I won the Ace of Clubs and cashed the King of Spades discovering that the trumps were 4-nil.  I unblocked the Ace of Hearts at trick three and then conceded my Club loser at trick four.  As East had played upwards in Clubs West knew that the Queen of Clubs was not cashing and so had to continue with a red suit.  Diamonds is a safer switch than Hearts in case Declarer’s Hearts were KJx(x) and you give Declarer a free finesse.  So a Diamond switch (the seven) at trick five goes to the Queen, King and Ace.  In order to have a chance of making the contract West will need to have four Diamonds since if the Diamonds are 3-3 there is no chance of a squeeze.  At trick six a low Heart is ruffed in the Dummy.  The remaining trumps are drawn at tricks seven to nine and at trick ten the King of Hearts is cashed.  At trick 11 I was left with the last trump and 8x in Diamonds.  West had 96 in Diamonds and the Queen of Clubs while the Dummy held the 10 of Clubs and Jx in Diamonds.  When I played the last trump at trick eleven West had to surrender.  If the threw the Queen of Clubs then the 10 in Dummy would be boss.  So he threw the 6 of Diamonds and now the 10 of Clubs could be thrown from the Dummy.  The last two tricks were thus made with the Jack and eight of Diamonds.

 

The next day when I looked at the hand records I discovered that Deep Finesse stated that while North can always make 6 Spades South on the other hand can be defeated in 6 Spades.  It took a couple of minutes for me to understand that the reason for this is that if West had chosen to make his opening lead as the 7 of Diamonds (second highest from a bad suit) and then continued with Diamonds when he won his Club trick that this would destroy the communication in Diamonds necessary for the squeeze at trick 11 described above to operate.